Almost €18 million in grants has been allocated for national roads in Kerry.
This is up €10 million on last year, and is part of Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s National Roads Allocations for 2018.
Among the schemes to benefit are the Lewis Road Junction in Killarney, N86 Tralee to Dingle, N69 Listowel Bypass, and N70 Waterville Town Centre to River Inny Bridge.
Funding is also going to the N22 Farranfore to Killarney road; Independent Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae raised the issue in the Dáil in October calling for funds to be allocated to the suspended scheme.
He’s welcoming this and all the funding allocated to Kerry, as is his brother Deputy Michael Healy-Rae.
Junior Minister Brendan Griffin is also welcoming the announcement.
A total of €17.8 million has been allocated for national primary and secondary roads in Kerry, which is an increase on the €7.8 million allocated last year.
The N22 Farranfore to Killarney road is to get €25,000; the proposed bypass would run from the Cork side of Killarney to two miles on the Tralee side of Farranfore.
The route was originally drawn up 15 years ago but suspended; this funding will allow for a revision of the project.
€25,000 is to go to the accident blackspot at the N22 Lewis Road Junction in Killarney to design and progress a preferred option.
€1 million is going to the N71 Port Road in Killarney for construction of this scheme.
The N70 Waterville Town Centre to River Inny Bridge is to get €3.5 million for improvement of a 6km section of the Ring of Kerry.
€4 million has been allocated to the N86 Tralee to Dingle road for further land acquisition.
The N72 Forge Cross to Rathmore road is to get €1.35 million for improvement works in the town centre.
€100,000 is to go to the N69 Listowel Bypass for design and pre-construction surveys.
Funding details for the regional and local roads are generally announced in late January.
Kerry roads to benefit:
N22 Farranfore – Killarney (Major Scheme) – €25k – this scheme had previously been suspended – funding will allow for a revision of the project in 2018.
N22 Lewis Road Junction – €25k – will allow for design and progress of preferred option to address issues identified with this junction.
N22 Garries Bridge – will allow for the detailed design of this section of the Killarney Cork Road to address the road flooding issues.
N69 Listowel By-Pass – €100k will allow Council to progress with detailed design and pre-construction surveys.
N86 Tralee to Dingle – €4m – will allow for further land acquisition on the scheme
N70 Kilderry Bends – €500k – this is additional to the €5.3 million in funding provided recently by the TII in the announcement of this project going to tender.
N86 Ballynasare & Ballygarret – €200k – this funding is to progress Phase 3 of the Camp to Dingle Road to tender.
N86 Lispole to Mountoven – €500k – funding to complete the existing contract. [€4.55 million provided in 2017].
N70 Waterville Town Centre to River Inny Bridge €3.5m – will allow for improvement of 6km section of the Ring of Kerry.
N71 Port Road Killarney – €1m – will allow for construction of this scheme in 2018.
N72 Barraduff West Pavement Overlay – €360k – to fund construction of section of N72 in poor condition.
N72 Forge Cross to Rathmore €1.35 million – improvement works in town centre.